I’m currently participating in a process with Extinction Rebellion UK (XRUK) that is attempting to reach group agreement on a difficult and complex task: creating a proposal to revise XRUK’s Demands to embed a greater consideration of justice.* Similar processes have been tried several times before over the past couple of years, with little or no resultant changes to the demands (although the processes themselves were rich, providing learning to the movement, and some fruitful, unexpected outcomes). …


Since I was a child in the 1980’s I have heard calls to protect the Amazon. I remember watching videos of massive trees being cut down, soil washed away, and areas of lush forest burnt and cleared. I was told McDonalds was the villain, as the land was being destroyed for cattle farming, soy monoculture and fast-food burgers. As a six-year-old I decided not to eat McDonalds, but that only lasted until my teen years when my determination wavered — in my mind the Amazon became ‘just some far-away trees’. After all, could a few burgers really make a difference?


Yes, yes, I know. The climate is breaking down. It’s urgent. An emergency. We’ve only got a few years left to ‘fix’ it.

Indeed, we won’t fix it. Weather patterns will become increasingly unstable and unpredictable, and the effects it will soon have on how humans around the world grow food will be devastating, likely causing harvests to fail across entire continents and food prices to sky-rocket. Millions have already suffered due to the amplified instability. We’re facing imminent societal collapse (whatever that means), both around the world and in the UK. …


This article was mostly written in May 2017, and includes a present-day addendum. There’s a related trial happening today (see below)…

I’m writing this as I sit in a police cell. On the floor of my cell I’ve used (clean) toilet paper to spell out various messages to the all-watching CCTV eye in the corner. At the moment it says “PLZ DON’T CHARGE ME,” and earlier I’d written “PLZ BE KIND,” “ANARCHY = JOY,” and “GIVE US A SMILE”. On the other end of the intercom the custody officer seemed to enjoy my little notes.

So why am I sitting…


“If you are healthy, it’s not so bad in prison. You have your brain, your conscience and your soul. They cannot take that away from you. Jail is not the worst place for a person who thinks.” – Nadia Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot)

In late 2017 four activists — Genny, Roger, Ian and Stu — were sent to prison in London. It wasn’t that bad…

WTF?!?

Now, granted, we were only in prison for one week on remand, for the minor offence of criminal damage (spray paint on London’s City Hall). We did this to try to bring attention to the dangerous, illegal levels of air pollution in London that results in around 25 early deaths every single day. And we were in there…


That’s right, I’m sitting in prison.

I didn’t write this from prison though. I wrote this a few days before I went, and gave instructions for a friend to publish it once I was incarcerated. I wrote it because I wanted to clear my head and figure out why I was going through with this seemingly crazy idea.

Here’s the situation. The neoliberal governments that have been in power in Britain for 30+ years have increasingly cut services and regulations. …


I’m writing this article partly to request help. I’m hoping the collective wisdom of the community can help to advance the conversation, which may help to defend against austerity and lead to an economy based on compassion.

A few weeks ago I went down to a march against austerity that had been called by Marvin Rees, the mayor of Bristol. The austerity-driven government of Theresa May has cut the money it gives to cities in the UK, forcing cities to cut services that are essential to the health of individuals and the city as a whole. …


The time has come to reconnect with each other.

The time has come to reconnect with the streets and the gathering spaces.

The time has come to reconnect with the forests and the waters.

The time has come to reject isolation and loneliness.

The time has come to quit facebook.

This has been a long time coming.

Feel free to re-use this :)

How fb has changed

For years I posted a lot on facebook. Like, five times a day. Like, a solid hour most days, with smatterings throughout the rest of the day. I’ve made over 10,000 posts, including hundreds of self-made memes, some of which have been shared…


Vipassana is a Theravada buddhist meditation technique that focuses the mind into a sharp awareness of the body. One of the ways of learning the technique is by going to a 10-day course in “Dhamma centres” around the world, where the words of the now-deceased S. N. Goenka are used via audio and video recordings from 1991. Rather than thinking of it as a ‘retreat’, I think these centres are better thought of as work-camps, as the process is intense and includes 13 hours-a-day of scheduled meditation time, with eight sittings ranging from thirty minutes to two hours. For most…


There are many teachings and practices that have positively contributed to my life. Many of these have helped me to move through misery and avoid depression, opening me to live a life characterized by joy, excitement, connection and abundance.

This list is not exhaustive, but might give some pointers to people who are looking for such things.

  • The understanding of impermanence (“anicca”) can be incredibly liberating. The ‘process philosophy’ of Alfred North Whitehead and ‘process theology’ of Catherine Keller in Face of the Deep opened me to this understanding, and lead to daily practical applications throughout my life. …

Stuart Basden

Extinction Rebellion co-founder. I facilitate the emergence of diversity, openness & complexity in our beautiful universe, and resist oppression & exploitation.

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